Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service team to help frontline firefighters in Ukraine

A CONVOY of vehicles from the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service are on their way to Eastern Europe to support firefighters working on the frontline in war-torn Ukraine.

Two fire trucks and a hydraulic platform are donated to Ukrainian firefighters after an appeal to support the war effort from the Ministry of Interior and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC).

They left on Tuesday and are led by a team of nine firefighters and officers, who volunteered to make the seven-day round trip. They are supported by a small team of mechanics until their departure across the Channel. Two more fire trucks, driven by a separate team of six, are expected to leave early next month.

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A team from the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is heading to Ukraine.

More than 75 personnel volunteered to deliver the vehicles, along with hundreds of pieces of surplus firefighting equipment, including hose reels, helmets and other personal protective equipment (PPE ) to the Polish State Fire Service, whose personnel will then transfer the convoy to Ukraine.

The equipment will be used to support firefighters, emergency services and volunteers fighting together on the front line, often using old or worn out equipment. Since the start of the war in February, they have faced fires and other emergencies on a daily basis to save lives, people and property.

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A team from the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is heading to Ukraine.

The fire department doors bear the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service logo with the words ‘Supporting Ukraine’. Inside the driver’s cabs are stickers that read: ‘In Solidarity and Support to the People of Ukraine, from the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’. The Service even produced and recorded on a USB key a short video, narrated by a Ukrainian-speaking firefighter and demonstrating how to use the hydraulic platform.

Mark Cashin, Fire Chief of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘We know this donation of equipment and vehicles is badly needed so we are proud to be able to offer our support. Firefighters using it in the future often suffer devastating attacks while doing their job to protect their communities. Our hearts go out to the Ukrainian firefighters protecting their communities under the most difficult circumstances. »

A team from the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is heading to Ukraine.

A team from the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is heading to Ukraine.

UK charity Fire Aid and International Development (Fire Aid) and the NFCC have already coordinated and provided donations of over 5,000 pieces of fire and rescue equipment and PPE. In March, about 22 vehicles, the corresponding kit and equipment were delivered in convoy to Ukraine.

Cheshire Fire Authority continually invests in new fire engines, specialist vehicles and keeps its equipment as up to date as possible. Cheshire Fire Authority Chairman Cllr Bob Rudd said: ‘When we heard of the appeal we were only too happy to be able to help our colleagues in Ukraine during what is truly a difficult time.

“We had a number of vehicles and equipment that are no longer operational, so they will be put to good use in supporting Ukrainian firefighters protecting their communities. On behalf of the Cheshire Fire Authority, I would like to send the Ukrainians our best efforts . wishes.”